Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beyonce's Parents, Mathew And Tina Knowles, Skip Divorce Hearing

Tina filed for divorce last year after 29 years of marriage.
By Kara Warner

Beyonce and Tina Knowles
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images

Despite the fact that Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, filed for divorce from B's father, Mathew, nearly a year ago, it appears the couple might not be headed for a split after all.

According to TMZ, Mathew and Tina were expected to appear at court in Harris County, Texas, on Monday, but no one showed up, so the judge dismissed the case. There is no official word from Mathew or Tina's reps about a possible reconciliation.

Tina filed divorce papers last November after 29 years of marriage to Mathew. Mathew was reportedly hit with a paternity suit in October 2009 from a woman named Alexsandra Wright, who was then six months pregnant with a child she claimed was Knowles'. A paternity test later proved that the child was, indeed, Mathew's. Neither Tina nor Mathew commented on whether that incident precipitated her divorce filing.

Both parents have played a pivotal role in Beyoncé's career, with Mathew quitting his job at IBM nearly 20 years ago to begin managing the singer's early group, Girl's Tyme, which eventually morphed into Destiny's Child. He has had producer credits on many of B's projects, including the 2009 film "Obsessed," and he is the founder of Music World Entertainment, a label that, through Columbia Records, has released albums by Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles; Sunshine Anderson; and former DC members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Tina Knowles is a stylist and one of the principals in House of Deréon, a fashion line she helped launched in 2004 with Beyoncé. She also designed many of DC's one-of-a-kind costumes early in their career.

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